Strike action between Monday 2 October to Thursday 5 October 2023

Consultants and junior doctors at The Christie will both strike between 7am on Monday 2 October to 7am on Thursday 5 October 2023. Both consultants and junior doctors will still provide emergency care during their strikes.

We are proactively contacting patients with appointments that may be affected by this strike. If you have an appointment at the Trust on any of these dates, please continue to come to The Christie and our other centres as planned unless we contact you to tell you otherwise. There may be longer waits than usual in clinics during this time.

Please do not call to check if your appointment is still going ahead.

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Clinical fellows in proton beam therapy

Simona Gaito, James Price and Shermaine Pan are clinical fellows, currently working in proton beam therapy. Simona is a young oncology clinical fellow and both James and Shermaine are proton clinical fellows.

We all share a passion for oncology, particularly radiotherapy in curing and controlling cancer, and love being a part of our patient’s journey through proton therapy, whether that is meeting patients for the first time at the initial assessment visit, or as part of the clinical team contouring the areas to treat, or problem solving when side effects begin to surface. Nothing is ever too difficult or too much trouble for us – and we will do it with a smile too!

As clinical fellows, we are still learning and understanding the trade of proton therapy, and although a steep learning curve, it has been a great one, being able to learn first-hand from expert clinicians in the centre. Protons are of course just another form of radiation but it has its quirks, and we are definitely beginning to be familiar with them.

Our curious minds begin exploring when we have opportunities to explore areas which are less clear and research further into them. Being part of pioneering work is always exciting and ultimately we know that the work behind the computer screens that we do benefit our patients, which makes it all worthwhile.

Last updated: February 2023